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Magic Miles

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Jerami Grant, F Oklahoma City Thunder: Blocks


The trade to Oklahoma City has provided Grant with fresh life and he seems poised to take advantage of his new chance. Already playing a steady role in the rotation and providing the Thunder with something it doesn’t otherwise have, Grant is averaging a tidy 2.0 swats per contest through his first three games with OKC.


Although he’s probably better suited to be a 14-team guy given his subpar field goal percentage and limited offensive involvement, Grant can be worthy of a roster spot in standard formats if you’re (deep) fishing for blocks. Billy Donovan seems to like what Grant has to bring to the table and opportunity is a big part of what everyone should be in search of when assessing the landscape to fill a need. 


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Tony Allen, G/F Memphis Grizzlies: Steals


Allen has played this role prior so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Despite being nowhere near 100 percent health and shooting an embarrassing percentage from the field (8-of-27, 33%), TA can still offer value to the right roster on a thinned-out waiver wire. There is legitimate question on whether his body can make it through the rigors of a full season at this point of his career, but it’s not like he’s a player you can’t waive if in need of roster flexibility.


Limited minutes hasn’t prevented the veteran swingman from averaging 2.0 steals since returning to action and Allen is worth using while he’s being productive. Coming off Sunday’s season-best game of 11 points, seven rebounds, four steals and a triple, make sure he isn’t being overlooked.


Bismack Biyombo, C Orlando Magic: Blocks


The talk about Biyombo sabotaging Nikola Vucevic has quickly subsided, but Serge Ibaka hasn’t exactly been inspiring since joining his new club. Biyombo has seen at least 20 minutes in three straight games, blocking six shots during that stretch of time. He certainly isn’t doing anything else to help fantasy GMs in any kind of meaningful way, but it feels as if there is potential for his role to grow moving forward and we’ve already seen the kind of difference-making possibilities Biyombo offers if placed in the right situation.


The Magic didn’t back up the Brinks truck in order just to marginalize Biyombo’s contributions, and it’s hard to believe it is coincidence that Frank Vogel has encouraged Vucevic to extend his range. If Vooch can continue to shoot it from further out with respectable accuracy, it would certainly clear a possible path to minutes for Orlando’s $70M man.


As an aside, the Magic did trade Victor Oladipo for Ibaka in a contract year, and it seems as if Rob Hennigan’s vision for this team is constantly changing. We’re all just trying to figure out the next unpredictable move. 


Thabo Sefolosha, G/F Atlanta Hawks: Steals


The Hawks did pay Kent Bazemore big money to remain in Atlanta this offseason, but Sefolosha’s minutes are holding steady and don’t appear to be going away. Kyle Korver can’t exactly play 30-plus minutes with regularity anymore, so Sefolosha is going to stay involved as long as he remains healthy.


With multiple swipes in five out of six games and 17 steals overall, Sefolosha is currently holding standalone value as a one-category specialist capable of swinging weekly matchups in head-to-head formats. If he’s floating on the wire and Sefolosha can help your squad, think about grabbing him with the understanding that it’s not about chasing upside.


C.J. Miles, G/F Indian Pacers: 3-pointers


It’s anyone’s best guess as to when Miles is going to run into the next issue with his balky knee or a lame hamstring, but Rodney Stuckey’s (hamstring) absence has created a need for a scorer in the second unit and Miles has emphatically taken advantage. And to say that he’s been scorching hot would not be overselling it.


Over the last three games, Miles has averaged 18.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, a steal and 2.7 3-pointers on a ridiculous 20-of-33 (60.6%) shooting from the field. Instead of waiting for that dead weight at the end of your roster to turn into a magical bean stock of production, grab Miles while he’s hot with the plan of creating a streaming roster spot should your league be deep enough and if you don’t have one already. 

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